A TALENTED teenager is ready to star for Scotland just two years after taking up the sport.
Jack Stevenson (14), from Bishopbriggs, became one of the youngest members of the Scottish under-19s national badminton squad recently and could represent his country when the new season kicks off in September.
The Bishopbriggs Academy pupil, who took up badminton following a taster session at Scotstoun two years ago, was selected for the national squad after a phenomenal season which saw him reach the final and semi-final stages in a variety of national competitions.
Jack, who trains four times a week with the national squad, said: “It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to play for my country. I wasn’t sure if I would get in this year so I was delighted when I found out I’d done enough.
“I’m delighted to get the chance to prove myself at a national level, I’m so happy to be doing this.
“It’s really great, but it is a lot of pressure to live up to and hopefully that is not going to affect me.”
The selection comes after Jack, who is a member of a variety of clubs including Cadder Parish Church, Hotspurs and the Glasgow Satellite squad, was unveiled as East Dunbartonshire Council’s under-16 badminton champion, a year on from securing the under-14 title.
He also won this year’s East Dunbartonshire Council achievement award for his success in badminton.
Proud mum Lesley said: “We’re absolutely thrilled, it’s wonderful. He’s had to give up a lot to play the sport at this standard, but he loves it and it’s great to see his hard work pay off.
“It’s such a big opportunity for him. He’s not played for Scotland before and it will be wonderful if he can represent his country.”